Moscow announces Turkey sanctions



Russia has announced a package of retaliatory economic sanctions against Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian jet on the Syrian border on Tuesday.

A decree signed by President Vladimir Putin covers imports from Turkey, the work of Turkish companies in Russia and any Turkish nationals working for Russian companies.

The sanctions are “aimed at ensuring national security and that of Russian citizens” and included the ban of charter flights between the countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to apologise to Russia.

On Friday, he accused Moscow of “playing with fire” in its Syria operations. But on Saturday, he said he was “saddened” by the downing of the jet.

Erdogan said he wished the incident had not happened but continued to defend Turkey’s actions. “We wish it hadn’t happened, but it happened. I hope something like this doesn’t happen again,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish president said both sides must approach the issue in a more positive way.

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